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ABC cancels 'All My Children' and 'One Life to Live'

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Two classic ABC soap operas will soon meet their demise: "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" will air their final episodes in September 2011 and January 2012, respectively, leaving only "General Hospital" to survive them. No word yet on whether they'll rise from the dead, like "One Life to Live"'s Elijah Clarke, after being snuffed out.

Since it premiered in 1970, "All My Children" has received more than 30 Emmy Awards and made history by airing daytime TV's first same-sex kiss between two women as well as its first lesbian wedding and the first coming-out story for a transgender character.

The Emmy Award-winning "One Live to Live" has been on the air since 1968 and was among the first in daytime television to cover interracial romance, gang violence and teen pregnancy. The show made national headlines when it introduced a gay teen character (played by Ryan Phillippe) and was later honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

In place of the two soaps will be two new series, "The Chew," a food show co-hosted by Mario Batali set to premiere in September 2011, and "The Revolution" (working title), a makeover show hosted by Tim Gunn that focuses on "health and lifestyle transformations" that will make its debut in January 2012.

"While we are excited about our new shows and the shift in our business, I can't help but recognize how bittersweet the change is," said Brian Frons, president of daytime for Disney ABC/Television Group, in a statement.

Noting that the two new series were inspired by the success of "The View," Frons said, "We are taking this bold step to expand our business because viewers are looking for different types of programming these days. They are telling us there is room for informative, authentic and fun shows that are relatable, offer a wide variety of opinions and focus on 'real life' takeaways."

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Photo: Susan Lucci, left, and Alicia Minshew appear in an episode of "All My Children." Credit: Virginia Sherwood / ABC

 
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So Villaraigosa was on an episode of All My Children? I thought the people of Los Angeles made this guy mayor to run the city? Instead it seems he has once again been caught fostering his own ego trying to be a celebrity (and on a daytime soap opera no less!). Unbelievable.

While I understand that time marches on and that the Networks must make room to cater to a new audience, please do not forget those of us who are still out here who started off watching "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" from the time when I had to sneak a peaks along side my grandmother when my mother wasn't looking, but man was it worth the risk!

These shows are classics that we grew up with and and have been keep alive all of these years, and frankly I'm a little more than miffed that no one bothered to even ask me, the Viewer, if I would be interested in watching something different. By the way, I would not. I'm not saying don't produce the other new shows, but I am saying find another time slot to put them in and give the Soaps another couple of years. Yes, I would like you to keep "All My Children" and "One Life To Live" on just the way the are now. Thank you.

Blame on the mayor, he showed up and the ratings took a dive. Show canceled.

I can't believe these shows have been on as long as they have! How many years of dead husbands coming back to life that are really the wife's brother can you people tolerate?

Bout time!

I AM VERY SAD TO HERE THAT MY FAVORITE SOAP IS GOING OFF THE AIR I STARTED WATCHING ONE LIFE TO LIVE 1982 AND TILL THIS DAY I AM STILLING WATCHING AND LOVING IT.

WATCHING ONE LIFE TO LIVE IS THE WAY I SPEND MY LUNCH TIME IN OUR BREAK ROOM.

IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO SAY GOOD BYE

Both my Grandmothers are turning over in their graves.

AMC and OLTL both canceled? What took them so long?

I just think that's wrong, sad and such a loss. Those characters have been around forever, and with the world being as it is today, it's nice to tune in and have something that's comforting and "normal." Something that's fantasy, fun and that can take you away from the realities of life. Makes me not want to watch ABC anymore. Shame on you ABC.

Uh Helllooo ABC - I will not have my television turned on to your network in that time slot when AMC and OLTL are gone. As Julia Roberts famoulsy once said, " BIG MISTAKE, HUGE"

This frustrates me to pieces! I don't care about any NEW cooking shows/etc.. or TALK shows... WE have enough of them..... Ya'll are making a BIG mistake in canceling them.... BIG MISTAKE! hummmmm Maybe Oprah will grab them up and put them on HER NETWORK!

What are you thinking ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have enjoyed these shows since I was a child and watched them with my grandmother. I don't need another food program or lifestyle changing shows. Maybe you should put these programs on during primetime and get rid of the crap reality and other programs you currently run. I never have nor will I watch the bachelor or bachelorette. Aren't you Sunday programs basically night time soaps? That should tell you something!

What is going to happen to the soap channel ? Makes me just want to boycott ABC and CBS too...there is enough food shows and talk shows on the cable channels.....whoever is responsible for this needs to get canned as well

Wow, this is stupid. I will surely not watch ABC in the daytime anymore once AMC and OLTL come off the air.

GIVE ME A BREAK, THIS IS SO STUPID. WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO, PUT ON ANOTHER TALK SHOW OR REALITY SHOW. LIFE IS REALITY AND I TALK TO MY FRIENDS. I DON'T NEED SOMEONE TO TELL ME HOW TO DRESS OR WHAT TO EAT. I DON'T WATCH MUCH ON ABC ANYWAY, NOW I WON'T WATCH ANYTHING.

Another reason why TV is strictly clowntown.

I haven't watched soaps for some time and I will be sure to skip the replacements.
They sound really exciting.

I am deeply saddened about the cancellation of these two Soap Operas. I have been a devoted fan since 1976 and have taped them and watched them since. I feel that television is saturated with enough reality TV and cooking shows but these soaps have keep their storylines interesting. I feel we could have expanded their horizons and really touched on more situations we are facing. One Life to Live is now doing a series about bullying which is a very important issues plaguing our children today. I think this should be renegotiated and either time slots moved or something because I really enjoy both of these soaps.

Oh get with the program people. The times, they are a'changin and no matter how much whining goes on, soaps have long lived beyond their due date. You'll see no tears from me. Bring on the new programs and put those fogies in soap heaven where they belong!

Big mistake.

 
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